“This may be the single most important thing we do as a community.”

– Solon Mayor Edward H. Kraus


Welcome to Solon Community Living!

If you are visiting this site, you may know there is a shortage of housing and lifestyle choices for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD).

Despite the deinstitutionalization of people with I/DD and federal policies that mandate their right to receive services in the community, few residential options exist that meet their needs and the desire for more independence, safe neighborhoods, and acceptance by a welcoming community. Far too many adults with I/DD are living at home with aging parents and the troubling question is…

Where will our children live and what will their quality of life be when we are no longer here to care for them?

We have set out to create a safe, sustainable, and community-accessible neighborhood that provides a unique lifestyle for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities in Solon, Ohio.

By implementing a person-centered approach, engaging direct care and support professionals, and combining public and private resources, residents will be able to have a full life.

SCL will create a “braided” community allowing residents, their families, and care staff to work together, encouraging choice and self-determination in this cooperative environment. By fostering a culture of caring and respect, residents, families, and staff will support each other in a spirit of collaboration.

Based on the unique “pocket neighborhood” concept, developed by architect Ross Chapin, homes will face a common green space so residents can enjoy the outdoors and hang out with their friends or family. Everyone will be able to see who is entering the neighborhood, adding an extra layer of security.

All four-wheel traffic will travel on the outskirts of the neighborhood for pedestrian safety. Around the central green space, there will be walking paths and connections to city sidewalks and bike paths.

Pocket Neighborhoods

Conceptual Site Plan

2023 Annual Report